Today we rocked Brown University, pumping music from our pedal-powered PA system on the green. Jarabe did some free-styling on the mic while biking at the same time! Incredible! We had a great film showing last night and today had the great opportunity to talk to more people about how our pedal-powered system works, during our workshop in the center of campus. We met many curious Brown students who took turns powering the system and charging up our batteries for the show tonight at Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM).
Last night we kicked off our tour in Providence with a great event at Brown University with the Brown’s Earth week and emPOWER, a coalition of the environmental groups at Brown. We had another charged event as Rachel, a Brown student, opened with some incredible eco-poetry.
She was followed by Evan Greer, who played her first show with us tonight and rocked the audience, as we all sang out “Ya Basta!” together, calling for an end to hundreds of years of oppression, colonization, racism, domination, imperialisnm, homophobia, and sexism.
In the discussion that followed the film, we were excited to hear about local projects including the efforts of the Providence Fair Food group that is working in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, fighting for worker’s rights and fair wages for farm workers.
Some people also shared announcements about May Day (International Worker’s Day) rallies coming up this weekend for International Worker’s Day: one in Providence and one in Boston on May 1st, which Ciclovida will be at. Also, Ciclovida will be joining the May Day rally in Worcester tomorrow, Saturday, April 30th.